Joint Spatial Plan: Issues and Options

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Tell us about three strengths or good things about living in the West of England.

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Tell us about three challenges or problems about living in the West of England.

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Do you agree with the vision that is included in the emerging Joint Spatial Plan?

By 2036 the West of England will be one of Europe’s fastest growing and most prosperous sub regions with the gap between disadvantaged and other communities closed and a rising quality of life for all. The rich and diverse environmental character will be integral to health and economic prosperity. Patterns of development and transport will facilitate healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Existing and new communities will be well integrated, attractive and desirable places and supported by the necessary infrastructure. New development will be designed to be resilient to, and reduce the impacts of climate change.

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How would you prioritise the following objectives for the West of England?

Objectives are the things we would like to do or deliver over the next 20 years through the planning process.

Choose the eight that you feel are most important and rank them from one to eight (where one is the most important and eight is less important to you)

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Creating a sense of community
Ensuring homes are affordable
Promoting healthy lifestyles
Encouraging economic growth
Addressing social and economic inequalities
Protecting and delivering necessary infrastructure
Tackling road congestion and promoting sustainable transport
Maintaining and enhancing environmental quality
Responding to the challenges of climate change
Minimising flood risk
Ensuring high quality design
Encouraging local food production
Promoting renewable forms of energy
Maximising the use of brownfield land
Minimising the use of greenfield land

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Help us to visualise what 2036 might look like by travelling to the future and reporting back on how certain things happen or have changed:

From: me

Date: 25th November 2036

Subject: How work / shopping / travelling / learning / spending time with friends has changed since 2015

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To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Some are intentions of the Joint Spatial Plan, others are not, what do you think of them?

Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
The Joint Spatial Plan should plan for the level of homes being predicted 2 7 6 2
The environment of the West of England is able to accommodate the number of homes being forecasted 2 6 8 1 1
Current infrastructure across the West of England is able to support the predicted level of growth 6 10 2
Future homes and jobs should be directed to existing urban areas 2 6 9 1
Taller buildings should be encouraged in urban areas to provide more homes 9 4 3 1
Empty office buildings should be converted to provide additional housing 10 7 2 1
I like the buzz of the city. My preference would be to live in the city centre 2 1 9 3 3
Smaller homes should be built if land is scarce 6 3 7 1 1
Green belt land is important. It should be protected 10 3 2 1 1
It is important to use un-developed (green field land) intensively 3 2 6 2 4
Development in the open countryside should be discouraged 5 5 5 1 2
It would be better to locate growth in a new, free-standing settlement 2 6 8 1
In ten years’ time I hope to be living/working in the West of England 8 3 5 2

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In our newsletter and on our website we describe five different ways that new housing could be provided and located.

  1. Protection of the Green Belt: There is a Green Belt around Bristol and Bath which covers nearly half of the West of England. This option would see development within our urban areas and in areas outside the Green Belt.
  2. Concentration at Bristol Urban Area: This option would mean focusing as much growth as possible in and around Bristol.
  3. Transport Focused Development: This option is focused on locations judged to work due to their access to sustainable transport choices - urban areas that already have good travel choices are the priority for development.
  4. A more even spread of development - Bristol and other towns: This option explores the benefits of a more even spread of development across the area, rather than focusing mainly on Bristol - recognising the West of England is a diverse area with a wide range of towns, villages and cities each possessing different qualities and offering different opportunities.
  5. Focus on a new settlement or a limited number of expanded settlements: This option considers opportunities to concentrate development into a single or small number of new towns or major developments.

Which one of these do you think would be best for the West of England area?

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A: Protection of the Green Belt
B: Concentration at the Bristol Urban Area
C: Transport focused development
D: A more even spread of development
E: Focus on a new settlement or a limited number of expanded settlements

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Is your school in?

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Bath and North East Somerset
North Somerset
South Gloucestershire

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